XIC 2018 IS AN ECOLOGICAL WHITE WINE MADE IN THE HEART OF THE PENEDÈS. PRODUCED BY CAVAS AGUSTÍ TORELLÓ MATA, IT IS MADE FROM CATALONIA’S INDIGENOUS VARIETY, XAREL·LO, RESULTING IN A REFRESHING WINE THAT CLEARLY DISPLAYS THE CHARACTERISTIC AROMAS TYPICAL OF THIS VARIETY
Granada, 6th December 2019.- Xic is a wine made by Cavas Agustí Torelló Mata, stemming entirely from ecological vineyards certified with the CCPAE (Consell Català de Producció Afrícola Ecològica). The wine starts its life in the vineyards of Finca Mercader which are cultivated at 200 metres above sea level in the depression of the Penedès, where the soil is mainly of calcareous clay.
Xarel·lo is the variety which boasts the largest surface area of cultivation within the DO Penedès, given that it is one of the three most important grape varieties used in the production of cava. The grapes used to make Xic are harvested by hand to ensure that only the best clusters are selected. With regards to the winemaking, Xic’s fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at 16°C over 21 days. Then during the following 60 days, the wine experiences a maceration on its lees before finally being bottled in bottles with a label designed by Aina Puig Soler.
Xic is a young white wine made with the expressive monovarietal, Xarel·lo, an excellent variety for the making of dry white wines. In appearance, the wine is clear and bright, medium in intensity, pale yellow in colour and leaves fine tears on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the wine is clean, medium in intensity and mainly displays fruity primary aromas. The aromas of white fruits are of apple and pear, the stone fruit aromas are of peach and apricot and the tropical fruit aromas are of banana and mango. There are also citrus aromas of lemon as well as aromas of almonds, perhaps the result of the wine’s maceration on its fine lees. Furthermore, there are clear notes of varietal aromas which are characteristic of Xarel·lo, that is, vegetal aromas.
On the palate, Xic is dry, with high acidity, it is of medium alcohol, of medium and silky body and has a medium flavour intensity. It is a fruity and aromatic wine with white fruit flavours of apple and pear, stone fruit flavours of peach and apricot and tropical fruit flavours of banana and mango. There are also citrus flavours of lemon as well as flavours of almonds, a likely result of the wine’s maceration on its lees. In addition, the characteristic vegetal flavours of Xarel·lo are detectable. The finish is medium (+).
In conclusion, the fruity and aromatic wine means that the quality level correctly reflects this variety. It is suitable to drink Xic during its first year since being bottled, however, to make the most of its freshness, optimal consumption would be from the moment of purchase. As a Xarel·lo, Xic would make an excellent pairing with cold foods, white meats, fish or as an aperitif, always served well chilled.
Cavas Agustí Torelló Mata
Address: Cavas Agustí Torelló Mata, Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Barcelona, Spain.
Phone: +34 938 911 173
Type: Young white wine, 11.5% Vol
Suggested price: €5.95
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